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Children's film fest in Oulu concludes

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INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL IN OULU, FINLAND 17.-23.11.2003The children's jury's decisions:"The Jury had a really difficult job deciding on the winner. All twelve films in competition were of the same quality.In the winning film:'The plot is based on a true story and is also interesting.''The story is beautifully and fluently told.''Time travel is a difficult topic. However, it was exquisitely carried out.''The music of the film appeals to everyone.''The scenery created an atmosphere ...

Marco Island winners

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Marco Island Film FestivalBest Actor this year went to John Cassini for his performance in Break a Leg. Directed by Monika Mitchell and written by Frank and John CassiniBreak a Leg earlier this year won the Audience Award at Cinevegas film festival for Best Feature. Jim Sheridan won Best Director for In America ...

Viper Basel 2003 kicking off

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VIPER Basel 2003, the international film and new mediafestival, will run from 21 to 25 November. The city on the Rhine will againbe a lively meeting-place for examining the latest trends in film, art andthe new media.VIPER is both a catalyst and an impulse generator for innovations, ameeting-place for authors and producers, the art business and the massmedia, culture and industry. The principal programme items in VIPER Basel2003 are the international film, video and new media competition and the...

Global Peace Fest Honors Oscar Arias

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First Annual Festival Set To Take PlaceDECEMBER 10TH - 14TH ATLOEWS CINEPLEX UNIVERSAL CITYWALK in ORLANDO, FLORDIANOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE DR. OSCAR ARIAS To be Honored Opening Night GuestThe GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL was founded by Shaikh Abdul Taw'ala Ibn Ali Alishtari, President and CEO of GlobalProtector.net, Inc., with the mission of utilizing the power of the moving image to further the goal of peace on earth. The GPFF seeks to create a festival that will reflect a broad definition of...

10 one minute films will premiere at Rotterdam

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In a compilation titled ‘Just a Minute’, ten one-minute films will see their world premiere during IFFR 2004. In a project designed to celebrate and promote adventurous short film-making, the Rotterdam film festival has invited ten talented directors, masters of the short film form (most of them regularly presenting work in Rotterdam this and past years) to make a special one-minute film as part of a project collaboration between IFFR and the Dutch Province of Zuid-Holland. The film-makers p...

York (shire) Fest new face

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York Independent Film Festival has now become York International Film Festival.So what else has changed apart from the name?We've now moved our website to www.yiff.co.uk (update your bookmarks if you still have our old address!), and introduced a new competetive category for films originating from Yorkshire alongside the usual awards for best feature, short, animation, documentary, short-short and the audience vote. We're assembling a new judging panel, featuring regular contributors to the nati...

Record Submissions for 3rd Annual Pixie Awards

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Record Submissions for 3rd Annual Pixie Awards The Directors Board of Motion Pixure Arts and Technologies -- a non-profit organization that recognizes excellence in the production of Internet films and animations -- received a record number of submissions again this year for the 3rd Annual Directors Board Awards, or Pixie Awards 2003 "The Pixies are quickly becoming an online institution as THE award for broadband and Internet movies. Watch the award-winners from around the 'net or submit your...

Gianni Profita & Ph. Wolff on European Cinema figures

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The number of tickets sold on the 18 markets of Western Europe grows by 0.9% in 2002, rising from 958 to 966 million. Admissions are down, however, in the countries of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean Rim, where they record an overall dip of 4.6%, from 106 to 101 million tickets sold in the 2001-2002 period.These are some of the figures presented in the new “European Cinema Yearbook” – 2003 advance edition, produced by MEDIA Salles and presented at Taormina this morning, Saturday 15 No...

AFI day 8

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"I've been winning the Los Angeles Grand Prix," said director Anthony Minghella to a sold-out audience on Thursday night, after arriving fashionably late. Minghella was on hand to discuss his work with film critic Pete Hammond and to present 20 minutes from his latest film, COLD MOUNTAIN. Greeting him on stage were a number of people who have worked with Minghella over the years, including director Sydney Pollack (an executive producer of COLD MOUNTAIN and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY); cinematograph...

Artivist Festival prepares Earth Day premiere

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The Artivist Film Festival is the first festival dedicated to addressing social, global, political, animal rights and environmental issues through Visual Arts & Music. Its mission is to strengthen the voice of international activist Filmmakers & Artists - Artivists - while raising public awareness and funds for global social causes.Art can be a powerful medium for social change by bringing people together, raising awareness, instilling hope, and inspiring action. We seek to unite the entertain...

Vermont awards

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14th Annual Vermont International Film FestivalOctober 16 - 20, 2003 in Burlington, VT. The Vermont International Film Festival is one of the longest running venues in North America focusing on showcasing socially conscious films. For over 18 years, VIFF has provided a forum for films dealing with issues of War and Peace, Justice and Human Rights, and the Environment. The Vermont International Film Festival accepts independent films and videos of any length or genre that fit into one of these th...

AFI day 5

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AFI FEST's Day Five began with a bang, or should we say a beat, as an animated audience arrived early to soak up Paul Kell's FIVE SIDES OF A COIN. A vivid journey through the world of hip-hop, the documentary features interviews and performances from modern-day legends Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC, as well as legends-of-the-future like Del Tha Funky Homosapien and Kool Keith. "Was anyone on Earth left out?" asked an awed film-goer during the Q&A. "Only KRS-1," answered Kell. "Apparently, his wi...

Tokyo Fest awards

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The 16th Tokyo International Film FestivalCompetition 2003 International Jury members have announced this year's winners for the following six awards at the closing ceremony on November 9, 2003. Total entry: 363 feature films (51 countries and regions)Screenings: 15 films International Jury Members were headed by Gong Li, President of the Jury, Irvin Kershner (Director) ,Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Director) ,Takashige Ichise (Producer) ,Vincent Lecoeur (Actor) Tokyo Grand Prix - The Governor of Tokyo...

Rajhans at Bahamas Film Festival

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Rajhans Leads Canadian Delegation to Bahamas Film FestivalThe inaugural One World Film Festival takes place this weekend in sunnyNassau, Bahamas. The festival boasts an exciting program of films from around the world, and is expected to attract some a-list celebrities who make The Bahamas their second home. The festival takes place Nov 13th to 17th and is the brainchild of Hollywood Producer, Monica Cooper. "This film festival has been a year in the making and I hope it will allow manyfilmmak...

Mifed closing with higher figures

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It was a good market, with objective growth resulting in all the figures and indicators that confirm the success of an event directly related to the audiovisual industry. The 70th Mifed has just closed with undeniable positive figures: 5163 participants from 71 countries, with an increase of 15.8% over the 4457 participants from last year. There was also a 12% increase of visitors from Eastern Europe and +10% from Asian nations.244 direct and indirect exhibitors from 25 countries covered an 8541...

AFI day 6 and the male camel story

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Last night, AFI FEST was bursting at the seams with masterful films, enlightening Q & A's, controversy and other memorable pleasures. The evening began with a dramatic announcement that talented French director Siegfried, whose film SANSA screened at 9:00 p.m., had been detained at LAX and the INS was barring him from entering the U.S. due to visa problems. When AFI FEST tried to reach the INS the following morning, they refused to comment on his detention, saying only that AFI FEST should discu...

Sales buzz from the booths.

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Reported sales from the market.Cinema Service (from Hong Kong) is reported to have sold The legend of the Evil Lake in 4 territories: Germany, Russia, Indonesia Thailand.Lions Gate bought world rights excluding Canada and France for the Jean Beaudin epic romance “New France” starring Depardieu and Tm rothUGC sold Tais Toi – « Ruby + Quentin » mismatch pal hit story from Francis Weber to Asian territories: Hong Kong, Taiwan and South KoreaVerdecchi Film sold twisted for Japan and Thail...

Carlo Bassi on MIFED 2004

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In a press conference held this morning MIFED Managing Director, Carlo Bassi, stated very strongly that 1. Mifed will take place next year at the same date, same but stronger and with more support through the new alliance with Biennale, Italia Cinema. More investments to provide better services to the market.2. The players should focus more energy on building rather than breaking: MIFED will be working towards a global year long service to the film community, offering packaged services for comp...

Emerging European Filmmaker awards

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"where young Cinema meets the Market"On the occasion of MIFED, the Mercato Internazionale del Cinema e del Multimediale [International Cinema and Multimedia Market], the Ministero degli Affari Esteri [Foreign Ministry], the Ministero dei Beni Culturali [Ministry of Cultural Property], the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema [National Film School] and MIFED are promoting EMERGING EUROPEAN FILMMAKERS in order to raise awareness of and expand the distribution of “Young Cinema”. The winners were announce...

Clips from Moving Pictures

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Mexico film industry threatened by country decision to shut down Mexican Film InstituteAmong other implications lies the future of Film Institute, film school and one of Mexican major studios: Centro de Corpacitation de Cinematografica and the Churubusco Film Studio.The Chamber of deputies vote on December 15th will decide on budget.36th Festival de Brasilia opening next week will add a market for the first time to its festival activitiesThe market has been set up by Braziilian promotion and sa...

Highlights from day2

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Expanded stories in Moving Pictures Nov 11 issue- Mifed Conference (Nov 10) on next fall Markets conflict situation.Conference was packed with media and attended by MIFED execs and Minister Urbani asking for a cease fire with “other” Market.Too bad conference was not held in English.- The Scheherazade conflictThe Michael Apted film Scheherazade is at the center of a bizarre conflict between Recorded Picture company and Franchise Pictures- 11 deals closed at MIFED by Tuchin EntertainmentFilm...

Myriad puts out a slew of product

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Myriad Pictures has just closed several key deals on its Edward Burns starrer, The River King, including Momentum for the United Kingdom and Canada and Filmax for Spain.The film, which brings together Myriad and Canadian production company imX Communications, is a supernatural murder mystery based on Alice Hoffman's award-winning novel. Financing for the film is being arranged through United Kingdom-based Grosvenor Park's First Choice Films.Nick Willing (Hypnotic) is directing from a screenplay ...

Tout Ecran Fipresci awards les cadets de gascogne

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At the Festival Cinéma Tout Ecran in Geneva (Switzerland, November 3-9, 2003)for the first time, the Prize of the International Critics has been presented to "Cadets de Gascogne" by Emmanuel Bourdieu (France, 2003)"for the narrative lightness of a story of sentimental confusions, taking off from a sociocultural investigation". Jury members were: Josef Schnelle, GermanyBarbara Lorey, France Beat Glur, Switzerland.9th Cinéma Tout Ecran Fest in Geneva awarded grand prize to "La Cinquième Réacti...

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